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Halloween Party Game for Kids: Pumpkin Poppers

Make any party (or rainy day!) come alive with this Halloween party game for kids – a pumpkin party popper made from a toilet paper roll!

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Halloween Party Games

Some of my favorite childhood memories are from our Halloween parties when I was a kid. My mom would go all out decorating the house and making ghoulishly good party snacks and treats.

Our favorite Halloween party games centered around bobbing for apples and reaching inside bags to try and figure out what sort of ghastly delights were at the bottom – spaghetti guts, anyone?

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Today’s Halloween party games are a bit tamer. Take this easy Halloween popper craft for example. It’s super fun to make and can be used to see who can shoot marshmallows or pompoms the farthest distance.

As a mom of boys, I know that any craft for kids that shoots projectiles is a win-win.

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Halloween Party Game for Tweens

Now before you start thinking that this Halloween party popper is just for younger kids, let me assure you that tweens and teens love it too.

Just ask my 15 and 17-year-olds who kept insisting that they do “quality control” to see if the pumpkin popper would adequately pop. Rest assured, it did. Even after about 100 rounds of popping fun.

If your tween is having a Halloween party this year – or if you are a tween who’s looking for a fun Halloween party game – this pumpkin popper is a definite win.

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How to Play the Pumpkin Poppers Halloween Party Game for Kids

Playing the pumpkin popper game is easy. You can either take turns (if you only make one of them) or make a couple for group play.

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Each person stands at the same starting line and loads up their pumpkin popper with pompoms, marshmallows, or even pumpkin seeds.

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They then take turns launching their poppers to see who can shoot their goods the greatest distance.

Have a couple of rounds or let the winner challenge others. Have a blast!

How to Make a Pumpkin Popper Halloween Party Game

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Pumpkin Poppers Halloween Party Game for Kids

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Make a bunch of these pumpkin poppers as a Halloween party game for kids and tweens and they'll be laughing and playing all night long!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • Toilet paper roll
  • Orange construction paper
  • Green construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Balloon
  • Pompoms


  1. Measure a length of orange paper the height of the toilet paper roll and glue it to the tube covering the entire thing.
  2. Cut a length of green paper about 2-inches high and glue it to one end of the toilet paper roll with about 1.5-inches hanging over the top.
  3. Cut the green paper into fringed sections for the pumpkin's "hair."
  4. Draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the orange part of the tube.
  5. Cut the narrow end off of a balloon.
  6. Roll the balloon over the end of the toilet paper roll that does not have the green hair.
  7. Place pompoms in the open end of the tube. Pull down gently on the balloon, aim the tube, and fire away!
  8. The person able to get their pompoms to go the longest distance wins!

Show Us Your Pumpkin Popper!

Did you try your hand at making one? We’d love to see how it turned out! Snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @ThatKidsCraftSite! We can’t wait to celebrate your creativity!

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